Reading is more than just skimming words on a page; it also involves applying the information in the text to actual situations. Even if a person has trouble immediately grasping the main idea in a piece of writing, it is still possible to analyze major concepts inside of a text with a simple reading routine. Take a look below for some brief tips on improving reading comprehension:
1. Pre-Read the Material:
Taking the time to gather basic information about the reading is essential for placing it within a context. The introduction, any summaries on the back or on the inside of the book, and the table of contents can all provide helpful information about the text and the author.
2. Set Goals:
Setting goals allows people to grasp basic information about the text and determine which information is important to its message. Prepare a set of questions about the plot, characters, and any arguments inside the reading, and also consider what you wish to have gained after reading the piece.
3. Take Notes:
Taking notes is still one of the most effective methods of retaining information from any piece of reading. It is not always necessary to spend time annotating the entire text, but it is important to analyze the main points and determine what is the main idea inside of the text.
Notes are even more effective when they are put to use in review. A thorough reading comprehension review generally involves gathering your ideas, assimilating the information, and determining if you have fulfilled your goals. If you find that you haven’t answered the questions that you set for yourself, then take the time to go through the text again and determine why.
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